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The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Influential Interior Designers in L.A.

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They've done homes for Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Ryan Seacrest and the Kardashians. In conjunction with Friday's unveiling of the Design Hollywood at the Century showhouse, THR announces its first-ever list celebrating the stylemakers behind the entertainment industry's most glamorous homes.

This story first appeared in the Nov. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

In a city where the dinner party is a key element in how the industry socializes, the design of a house can be one of the biggest signifiers of where you stand in the Hollywood pecking order — be it in terms of sheer power (think the palatial houses in Beverly Park) or aesthetic cachet (such as an offbeat lair in Venice). When it comes down to it, the entertainment world is all about taste (and the marketing of it), from the choosing of a script and the perfect cast to the small-bore details of set design. A house that telegraphs the right image completes the picture in a statement-making way.

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THR’s inaugural design issue profiles the top 25 Los Angeles-based designers who create that image for Hollywood’s players. Ten of them — plus three emerging design stars and renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern — also are part of THR’s first designer showhouse, “Design Hollywood at the Century,” which opens Oct. 26 in two luxury residences at the Related Companies’ Century tower in Century City. For the showhouse, open to the public through Nov. 18, the designers worked for four months, creating renderings, collaring vendors to donate furnishings and hammering up until the last minute. What’s striking is the level of craftsmanship and detail that went into the project, from custom wallcoverings and finishes (a grid of iridescent plaster; barskin over gold paint) to finecabinetry built-in bookshelves and leather-covered beds.

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of THR's First Design Showhouse Photo Shoot

These pages, in addition to the cover story spotlighting the residence of Ryan Murphy, also give a glimpse of the living environs of two of film’s high-powered producers: Nina Jacobson, shepherd of the Hunger Games movies, and Spider-Man franchise mogul Avi Arad.

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What’s apparent from interviewing these design elite is not only their global reach (from the stars of the Bravo show Million Dollar Decorators, which premieres its second season Nov. 13, to Jeff Andrews, whose refreshingly highdesign houses for the Kardashians reach millions of viewers), but also how style in the city has come of age. Gone are the days of lockstep French provincial or midcentury modern. L.A., which has one of the world’s greatest and most varied collections of residential real estate (from Tudor to Tuscan to Spanish to modern), today has a deep creative bench to match it. The designers showcased here were chosen for their trendsetting ability (showhouse designer Tim Clarke is bringing back beach chic) and the caliber of their work and clientele, like Michael S. Smith, who designed the private quarters of the Obamas, natch.

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  1. Jeff Andrews

    Clients: Ryan Seacrest, Michael C. Hall, Kris and Bruce Jenner, Khloe...read more

  2. Atelier AM

    Clients: Tom Cruise, Michael and Jane Eisner.read more

  3. Joan Behnke

    Clients: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, Ivan Reitman.read more

  4. Jamie Bush

    Client: Nina Jacobson.read more

  5. Thomas Callaway

    Clients: Warner Bros. TV president Peter Roth, Chris Silbermann.read more

  6. Tim Clarke

    Clients: Ben Stiller, Matthew Perry, producer Mark Gordon.read more

  7. Kathleen and Tommy Clements

    Clients: Declined to name.read more

  8. Commune Design

    Clients: producer Jamie Tarses, producer-songwriter Dr. Luke.read more

  9. Peter Dunham

    Clients: Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Juicy Couture’s Pamela Levy.read more

  10. Waldo Fernandez

    UPDATED: Clients: Darren Star, Brian Grazerread more

  11. Cliff Fong

    Clients: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Ryan Murphy.read more

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